India off-spinner Axar Patel added yet another feather to his cap on Thursday as he became the first bowler in history to take 11 wickets in a Day-night Test match.
Axar bagged his third consecutive five-wicket haul on Day 2 of the third Test to add to his 6-for in the first innings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad to achieve the feat.
Axar now has the best bowling figures in a Day-night Test with 11 for 70 against England. Australian pacer Pat Cummins (10 for 62) had the previous best figures against Sri Lanka in Brisbane in 2019-20.
Axar is the third Indian bowler to take five-fors in both innings of a Test match against England after Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (1984) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2016). He is the first to do it in a Day-night Test.
Axar, who had figures of 6 for 38 in the first innings on Day 1, sent back Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Sibley, Joe Root and Ben Foakes to complete his third five-wicket haul in Test cricket.
Another innings, another five-wicket haul! @akshar2026 scalps his second fifer of the match as he gets Ben Foakes out LBW.
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India wrapped up England’s second innings inside a session as they bowled the hosts out for 81, which is their lowest Test total against India.
Axar led the way with 5 for 32 while Ashwin finished with 4 for 48 while Washington Sundar got the final wicket of James Anderson.
India now need just 49 runs to win the third Test and go 2-1 up in the four-match series.
Earlier on Day 2, England captain Joe Root’s maiden five-wicket haul saw India collapsing from 99 for 3 to 145-all out in the first session. Root bagged 5 for 8 while Jack Leach took 4 as the visitors stormed back into the match after their first innings 112 on Day 1.
Axar then began the proceedings for Team India with a wicket off the very first ball of England’s 2nd innings as he sent back Zak Crawley for a golden duck.
A ball later Patel castled Jonny Bairstow for a duck before he had Dom Sibley caught behind for 7.
Ashwin then joined the party and put his name on the wickets column to put India back in the driver’s seat after they took a slim 33-run first-innings lead.